LAKEWOOD - A large crowd was present on Tuesday, Oct. 23 to view the Tea Party Patriots' film, "The Determinators," presented by Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots.
The event took place at the Lakewood American Legion. The group's next general meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 27. The public is invited to attend.
"Your life depends on who controls the game because whoever pays for your health care has the power to decide." These words from the film inform Americans what is in store for them when the "dark underside" of the massive Affordable Health Care Act fully is implemented - a threat to the American way of living and dying. A series of questions are asked throughout the film. Ones crucial to consider are: "Is the president's new health care plan really health reform or a reshuffling of money and lives?"; "Is your doctor accountable to you or the government?"; Who determines the quality of life?"; and Who determines the quality of care?"
In a foretaste of what is to come, in 2008, an Oregon senior citizen was denied health care for lung cancer. Instead, she was told to consider her state's 1997 law of physician-assisted suicide.
Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, said the film "frames the health care debate as a tug of war between Hippocrates's vision of patient-centered health care and Plato's vision, which includes a heavy government hand." A panel of 15 unelected individuals will make health care decisions regarding the quality of care permitted. Major financial focus will be directed toward those between the ages of 15 and 55 who are regarded as "contributors" to society. Unhealthy or disabled infants and those above age 55 will receive restricted health care.
"We the people fear our government for the first time in history," said another narrator.
The Affordable Health Care Act has the potential to control every aspect of our lives. Americans are presented with two differing views regarding medical decisions - one view protects the individual and his or her right to health care while the other view has citizens surrender their rights to the government, which is the threat of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Gone is the Hippocratic Oath once taken by all physicians - "but in holiness I will guard my life and art," never do harm and prescribe regimens for the good of patients. It is observed only in three of 127 medical schools. Data suggest 83 percent of physicians consider quitting their profession because of the onerous requirements under the Affordable Health Care Act.